Rep. Timothy Ramthun, R-Campbellsport, addresses attendees of an "election integrity" rally at the Wisconsin state Capitol in Madison on Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2022.

GOP state Rep. Tim Ramthun, who has unsuccessfully sought to rescind Wisconsin’s electoral votes for Joe Biden, formally announced his campaign for guv today, proclaiming he isn’t a conspiracy theorist but “the truth.”

Appearing at Kewaskum High School, Ramthun announced his bid for guv in a more than three-hour rally that featured a string of people who have made false and misleading claims about the 2020 election. That includes MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell.

Ramthun told a packed gymnasium he has exhausted his options in the state Assembly to overturn the 2020 election results, which he called an “assault on our Constitution and a national security issue.”

“I’ve done all I can do as a lone legislator to obtain justice on this matter and as such, the only viable option left for me to ensure what the majority of Wisconsinites seek is that today I officially announce my candidacy for governor of the great state of Wisconsin,” said Ramthun, who later proclaimed it was “Tim time.”

Ramthun has been shunned by many of his Assembly GOP colleagues as he has pushed a series of false claims about the 2020 election. Speaker Robin Vos, R-Rochestr, stripped Ramthun of his lone full-time staffer, accusing the lawmaker of lying about his colleagues. And Majority Leader Jim Steineke, R-Kaukauna, has vowed to kill the resolution Ramthun, of Campbellsport, introduced to rescinder Wisconsin’s electoral votes for Biden.

Leg Council has opined it isn’t possible to take back the state’s electoral votes.

During his speech, Ramthun vowed to seek a full, forensic cyber audit of the 2020 election, including the results in his Assembly race. He was unopposed that fall.

Ramthun said his GOP colleagues are bothered that their constituents are angry that they’re not more like him, drawing a standing ovation.

“I’ve got the facts and data, and I’m not calling people names,” Ramthun said. “I’m laying out the data so you can make informed decisions.”

Ramthun is the ninth GOP candidate to file to run for the party’s nomination to challenge Dem Gov. Tony Evers this fall. The most high-profile candidates include former Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch and businessman Kevin Nicholson.

State Dem Party Chair Ben Wikler said Ramthun’s campaign “shows that the Republican Party is focused more on far-right conspiracy theories than it is on filling jobs and helping families.”

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